NMED permit delays dairy manure plant

March 24, 2014 • Local News

A plant planned in Chaves County designed to turn dairy waste into biofuel has been delayed at least six months after hitting a snag with its state ground water discharge permit.

AG Power broke ground in October on its property at Price’s Lane, with plans to begin construction that month. The plant was expected to begin processing manure as early as April.

However, the deal hit a setback with its New Mexico Environment Department permit.

“The delay has been with the discharge permitting office,” said AG Power President Dewey Vaughn. “It’s nothing we’ve done. It’s a matter of not having enough staff people to do as much workload that they have.”

A public notice was posted in the newspaper Sunday, calling for a 30-day public comment period. The company did review and make adjustments to its application in the past few months with NMED staff, Vaughn Login to read more

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